Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida


Artist:Iron Butterfly
Genere: Psychedelic rock, Rock
Label: Atco
Musicians: Erik Brann, Lee Dorman, Ron Bushy, Doug Ingle
Producer: Jim Hilton
Engineer: Jim Hilton

Ok, what record collection does not have or has at least not had this iconic LP in it? The biggest problem today is finding copy of this record in very good condition. I’ve seen one maybe two, but it’s pretty much mission impossible. Don’t bother with the CD version, it’s awful.
Everybody knows the story. Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music. Formed in San Diego, California, among band members who used to be “arch enemies”, their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members with varying levels of success, with no new recordings since 1975. The band’s seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world’s 40 best-selling albums, selling more than 30 million copies. Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA platinum award.
The band has had more members revolving through it than the door at the Waldorf.
One member, Ron Bushy has been the most consistent.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the second studio album by the American rock band Iron Butterfly, released in 1968. It is most known for the title track which occupies the whole of Side B.

Side One has 5 songs where you’ll hear the hard sound Iron Butterfly is known for along with some 60’s pop, rock and psychedelic. In the track, “My Mirage” there is an interesting rather complex bass line that stands out to me.
On Side Two we find only one track, the iconic 17 minute long title track, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”. What can be said that has not already been said? Almost everyone knows the story of the song and how it was titled and sung as “In The Garden Of Eden”, but Doug kind of mumbled the words and most folks thought he was singing “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and so it stuck. The lyrics are heard only at the beginning and the end. What we hear most is the radio version at a shameful 2:53! In my opinion, the radio version does not do justice at all. In fact, it gives no idea about the song. One has to listen to the full version to appreciate it. It’s an instrumental jam session with solos scattered throughout. First the keyboards are featured, then the guitars after which it goes into a drum solo, the keyboards come back followed closely by the rest of the instruments. There is one more break featuring drums and bass to the song’s end. The real feat in all this is keeping the rhythm and time on the drums and bass for 17 minutes.

Here’s the full version of  In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida from you tube:

Here is the final performance of the song live 2012:

The Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine


Artist: The Lemon Pipers
Title: Green Tambourine
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Released: 1968
Label: Buddah Records
Format: Vinyl
Musicians: Bill Albaugh-drums, Bill Bartlett-lead guitar, Ivan Browne-rhythm guitar, lead singer, R.G. Nave-organ, tambourine, Steve Walmsley-bass
Songwriter: Shelley Pines
Producer: Paul Leka
Engineers: Kenny Hammond, Bill Radice

The Lemon Pipers were a 1960s psychedelic pop band from Oxford, Ohio, known chiefly for their song “Green Tambourine”, which reached No. 1 in the United States in 1968. Continue reading

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here


Artist: Pink Floyd
Title: Wish You Were Here
Released: Original released 1975 (CD released 1983)
Format: CD
Label: Columbia
Musicians:David Gilmour – guitar, slide guitar, vocals, Rick Wright – keyboards, vocals,
Nick Mason – drums, percussion, sound effects, Roger Waters – bass guitar, vocals, sound effects, Dick Parry – Sax, Roy Harper – Vocals
Producer: Pink Floyd
Engineer: Brian Humphries and Peter James

Pink Floyd was an English rock band from London. Founded in 1965, the group achieved worldwide acclaim, initially with innovative psychedelic music, and later in a genre that came to be termed progressive rock. Distinguished by philosophical lyrics, musical experimentation, frequent use of sound effects and elaborate live shows.

The CD I have happens to have been manufactured in Japan, but I don’t imagine it sounds any better than a domestic one in this case, but I don’t have the comparison.

I like the way the album starts with the atmospheric effects. The guitar work in this LP is exceptional. This is not my favorite Pink Floyd album, but I like it better than Dark Side Of The Moon. I know that statement of opinion may upset a great many folks, but truth be known I’ve heard DSOTM so many times that I am almost sick of it.

The CD version is kind of shallow sounding and there seems to be a tiny lack of staging which could be attributed to the recording since I know my front end gear is fine and my speakers are reference. I have to say that without doubt the vinyl version would be better and maybe even the Remastered CD.

To me the LP seems to be about the music industry and / or stardom.

Music = 5_Star_Rating_System_4_stars
Sound = 5_Star_Rating_System_3_and_a_half_stars

I found that someone made an interesting video to the song “Welcome to the machine” on YouTube, here it is:

Here’s a little treat of Wish you were here combined with Comfortably Numb live from 1990: